THE CHAIR of the Droitwich Spa Neighbourhood Plan (DSNP) Management Group has issued a rallying call for more people to get involved with the ambitious project.
After years of deliberation Mike Lambden said it was time for local people to ‘play a more active role’ in forming the DSNP, its working groups and helping to produce its content.
The DSNP is a vision for the future of the town and aims to put power back into the hands of local residents, employees and businesses, the local council and civic leaders – those who know best the needs of their local areas.
“Failure to get sufficient support from the community would hamper the process,” said Mr Lambden.
“Going forward, we hope to have greater contact with the general public and our stakeholders.
“It’s important to get this right rather than to rush it.”
The DSNP is currently in the ‘initiation and organisation’ phase, according to Mr Lambden and Coun Alan Humphries, who spoke at the full Droitwich Town Council meeting on Monday.
The pair delivered a powerpoint presentation which set out key dates and phases for the future of the DSNP.
Councillors agreed to proceed with the planned phases, which will see the DSNP implemented at the start 2021 after a year of developing and designing.
Around £200 was also made available for the Management Group to use, if necessary, to enable engagement with the wider public.
Mr Lambden added: “We need to have a wide view from across all parts of the town’s community.
“Wychavon councillors Richard Morris and John Grady have arranged a meeting at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on February 25 to discuss a range of issues affecting the town which, while not directly related to the Neighbourhood Plan, are very relevant to it.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the DSNP, such as helping assemble and archive documents on the project’s progress, should email Mr Lambden at email@example.com.
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